Jacob Schneider wrote his will on June 4, 1841. While he spells his name "Snider" at the beginning, his signature at the end is "Schneider". The will is registered under the name "Jacob Snider".
Jacob brought his family to Waterloo County in 1806, settling in Bloomingdale. This is where Jacob died on Feb. 6, 1853.
Jacob appoints his two eldest sons Christian and Jacob as executors. The Levi Bechtel who is living on some of Jacob's property is his son-in-law, husband of his youngest daughter Magdalena. The witnesses are his youngest son Henry Snider and the husband of his niece Elizabeth, Jacob S. Shoemaker.
Jacob mentions his daughter Elizabeth, who was single and presumably unable to manage her own affairs. However, she predeceased her father in 1848. Jacob doesn't mention his wife Mary as she died in 1835, before this will was drafted.
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In the Name of God Amen
I Jacob Snider, senior, of the Township of Waterloo in the County of Waterloo in the District of Wellington and province of Canada, Yeoman, being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, That is to say,
I give and bequeath to all my Sons and Daughters share and share alike, all my freehold and personal property of what Kind and Nature soever, Except my Farm Levi Bechtel now living on for which I hold the deed for, which is Lot No Sixty nine in Waterloo aforesaid the said Levi Bechtel is to have the Benefit of the Land Lot during his natural life, then the said Lot is to fall to his Children, and all the share or shares arising out of my property after my Decease which falls to my Daughter Magdalena wife of Levi Bechtel is also to remain for the heirs of my daughter Magdalena, Except the yearly interest the said Levi Bechtel is to have during his natural life. Should my said daughter Magdalena died and the said Levi should marry again then he should still have the benefit of the said farm but not the interest of any moneys out of my Estate, or any to come out of my Estate -- further I order and devise and it is my Will that the share that falls to my Daughter Elizabeth Snider shall remain on Interest during her Life, for which interest my Daughter Elizabeth Snider shall be kept during her life with good and sufficient meat and drink, washing and lodging and all other things necessary for her comfortable support during her life, and after her death her share is to be equally divided amongst my Sons and Daughters share and share alike. Except my daughter Magdalena wife of Levi Bechtel she is to have the interest or he as long as he does not marry again and after his decease all shall fall to his children the heirs of my daughter Magdalena, the Lot No 69 which I hold the deed will be seen by the Receipts after my decease and also Notes signed by Levi Bechtel as well as others so that all my Estate will be made equally share and share alike as before mentioned, always to save her share for her and her children only the benefit of the farm during his natural life, and the interest of all moneys till he marries again, then that is to be stopped for his first children.
And I do hereby Nominate, Constitute and Appoint in full power as my own person, My Son Christian J. Snider and my Son Jacob J. Snider Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Twenty fourth day of June in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fourty one A.D. 1841.
Jacob Schneider [signed]
Signed Sealed Published and
by the above named Jacob Snider
to be his Last Will and Testament
in the presence of us, who have
hereunto Subscribed our names
as Witnesses in the presence of
Jacob S. Shoemaker [signed]
Henry Snider [signed]
Documents transcribed by Darren Arndt.
Original document from the Ontario Archives, microfilm GS1 reel 375.
Page last updated May 14, 2004